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MeasureXL: New Portable CMM Digitizer

Reverse engineering packages consisting of hardware and software have traditionally been quite expensive. What’s special about MeasureXL is that it is fully integrated with Rhino 6 for Windows to create an affordable Scan to CAD solution. Build CAD models fast! Data taken from MeasureXL shows up immediately inside Rhino to create accurate CAD models in lesser time than designing them from scratch.

Watch the demo!

MeasureXL portable CMM consists of a wireless probe and a factory-calibrated optical tracker for an out of the box accurate tracking experience. There’s no need to calibrate the unit which makes it easy to set up and start taking measurements. The 3D digitizer measures wirelessly, giving you the freedom to measure. It doesn’t have any movement restrictions compared to traditional portable CMMs with articulated arms. MeasureXL uses a probe so it is not affected by environmental conditions such as lighting.


Posted on 15 November 2019 | 11:40 am

ROB|ARCH 2020 | September @ Beijing | CALL FOR PAPERS

September 1-5, 2020
Beijing, China

Call for Papers

The ROB|ARCH 2020 Conference on Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art, and Design takes place in September 2020 in Beijing, China.

Now in its eighth year, with successful events in Vienna, Ann Arbor, Sydney, and Zurich, this year ROB|ARCH 2020 is cohosted by Tsinghua University in cooperation with the Beijing Design Week

You can submit a scientific paper!

The theme of this year’s conference and workshops is On-Site Robotics—a broad term referring to the creative use of automated systems to perform tasks in construction.

This wide array includes, but is not limited to, industrial robotic arms, drone systems, walking robotic systems, autonomous rover platforms, and 3D printing solutions. This extends to the vast underlying technologies used to drive these digital design technologies, including computational and parametric design, artificial intelligence, machine learning, human-machine collaboration, and network digital streams.

Deadline dates
January 9, 2020: Abstract Submission (optional)
February 9, 2020: Full Paper Submission

Posted on 15 November 2019 | 6:30 am

File-to-factory course in Brazil

TEU TUA and Fab Lab Cidadania Cajuru are hosting a File-to-factory Workshop with Rhino and Grasshopper in Curitiba, Brasil. 

Date: November 23-25, 2019
Time: 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM, UTC -3
Price: BRL R$400
Location: TEU TUA – Rua Cândido Lopes, 304 –
Centro, Curitiba 80020-060 Brazil; 
Fab Lab Cidadania Cajuru – Av. Prefeito Mauricio Fruet, 2150 
Cajuru, Curitiba 82900-010 Brazil. 

In this 3-day intensive course participants will learn about digital design, prototyping, and production processes for Architecture and Design while developing a small project with Rhino and Grasshopper and manufacturing it in a Fab Lab.

The course will be held in Portuguese.

Register here!

For more information please contact Thaylini Luz.

What is RhinoFabStudio? RhinoFabStudio (fabrication studio) is a small-scale digital workshop, certified by McNeel, with an array of Rhino and Rhino compatible software and computer-controlled tools and training. These tools cover the various leading-edge industrial methods and materials needed to design, analyze, and fabricate almost anything.

Posted on 14 November 2019 | 12:55 pm

New 3D people by Humano3D

Want to make your images more realistic than ever before?

New 3D people are now available by Humano3D.

The new Humano3D collections are:
  • Realistic and natural
  • Affordable and easy to use
  • Available in packages of Elegant 3D people or Casual 3D people
  • Or you can buy single models
Check them out!

Posted on 14 November 2019 | 10:42 am

What software does Zaha Hadid Architects use?

What software does Zaha Hadid Architects use? Find out in this Chaos Group article. The list is long but Grasshopper is a major player. 

Read about it or listen to the podcast...

Posted on 12 November 2019 | 12:46 pm

Proving Ground's Rhino to Revit tools

Proving Ground's Conveyor leverages OpenNURBS to import complex Rhino 6 shapes into Revit—fast!

Some of the largest and most innovative firms in the US have adopted the Conveyor framework to streamline their design workflow.
  • Built for Rhino 6. Extensively leverages OpenNURBS to minimize licensing constraints on most workflows. 
  • Workflow for any skill level. UI designed for non-computational experts. Also includes extensible tools for advanced workflows.
Read more about Proving Ground and Conveyor...

Posted on 11 November 2019 | 3:25 pm

Rhino, Revit, and Power BI Graphics demo in NY

At AEC Tech 2019, Kristen Schulte and Steve Sanda led a four-hour masterclass, Conduit and Power BI Examples, on data visualization techniques with the open-source Conduit plug-in for Grasshopper and Microsoft Power BI. They covered various cases of making interactive dashboards with building data and parametric models.

Are you interested in trying similar things yourself?

Now they have published the workshop examples

Posted on 7 November 2019 | 4:50 pm

Wabentheke - a project by FH Aachen students

The Wabentheke project is part of a project series by FH Aachen, in the field of building construction.

Students are experimenting with new manufacturing technologies (large format 3D printing) to manufacture a 1:1 object, in this case, a bar counter with complex geometry.

Complete case study here (in German)...

Posted on 7 November 2019 | 2:30 am

Rhino.Inside® brings the power of Rhino to BricsCAD® BIM V20

Bricsys®, a Hexagon company, has partnered with Robert McNeel & Associates of Seattle, Washington, to leverage their Rhino.Inside® initiative. Bricsys is using Rhino.Inside® to bring the full power of the Rhinoceros NURBS modeler to BricsCAD® BIM V20.

Rhino integration enables a new workflow that fills the gap between early-stage conceptual design and Building Information Modeling. Using Rhino’s built-in Grasshopper visual programming language, users can create parametric concept models inside of BricsCAD® BIM.

"Algorithmic modeling tools are often used in the conceptual design phase before BIM tools are involved in the design process. The BricsCAD – Grasshopper connection bridges this gap. Then, using the A.I. functionality in BricsCAD BIM, it’s simple to convert the Rhino model into a full BIM in just a few seconds," commented Tiemen Strobbe, BIM Product Owner at Bricsys®.

Once a design concept is approved, the Rhino model can be “baked” in BricsCAD® BIM, generating native BricsCAD® geometry. This geometry can be converted into a full BIM model, including automatic classification of model elements, using BIMIFY, and the automatic attachment of compositions using the AUTOMATCH tool.

Read the complete press release here...

Posted on 6 November 2019 | 10:09 am

Training for Trainers Workshop - Barcelona, 26-27 November 2019

Training for Trainers Workshop
26-27 November 2019
McNeel Europe

Expert users of Rhino that want to get accredited as Authorized Rhino Trainers now have a chance to participate in this certification workshop that will take place at McNeel Europe in Barcelona.

To know more about the Rhino Authorized Training Program, click here...

Price of the course: €295 (+ taxes).

Seats are very limited. Sign up now!

More information...

Posted on 6 November 2019 | 4:37 am

Urbano for urban mobility simulations

Just released! Urbano for mobility modeling and simulation in Rhino and Grasshopper.

Understand the consequences of your design choices of the street network.  

Urbano is a new urban design tool that models active mobility and evaluates access to amenities, streets, and public spaces. 
  • Download geospatial data. Download maps and points-of-interest data from OpenStreetMaps directly in Grasshopper.
  • Import your data. Parse and import layers of existing state information from OSM or shapefiles.
  • Look up and change Metadata. Attach Metadata, then look it up and customize parametrically.
  • Preprocess and build a mobility model. Automate mobility modeling steps, including creating a topological street network and generating each building's access point to streets.
  • Find routes in different modes. Find routes between origin and designation buildings using different transit modes, such as pedestrians or cars.
  • Run mobility simulation with TripEngine. 
  • Analyze amenities and streets. Compute various metrics in urban analysis, including Streetscore, Amenityscore, and Walkscore.
  • Integrate CAD workflow. Bake model geometry with Metadata to Rhino. Work seamlessly with other visualization components.

Posted on 5 November 2019 | 11:41 am

Color coding groups fast in Grasshopper

Are you spending too much time fiddling around with group colors in Grasshopper? If you are color coding your Grasshopper groups according to function you either: 
  1. Know all your favorite colors' RGB values by heart. 
  2. Accept that your color coding is not perfect, but close. 
Both solutions can be time-consuming, and neither are good.

These are concerns of Timo Harboe Nielsen from BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group. He has now played with the Grasshopper API and made a script that colors groups based on group names. For example, if a group contains the word Input, the group color will be green.

Find out more and download the free script...

Posted on 4 November 2019 | 3:24 pm

Planning tool for designers and owners

Jeremy Graham
, from HDR, is developing a planning tool and Rhino plug-in for bubble diagrams.

It's another innovative computational design tool to make better and more informed decisions earlier in the design process.

More information and demo on his LinkedIn page...

Posted on 1 November 2019 | 10:49 am

Architectural craftmanship in a small form

EcoHouse is a small house project located on a plot very close to the beach, on the island of Florianopolis in Brazil. It seeks to minimize the impact of construction, in interference with the landscape, as well as the materials used. Except for the foundation (reinforced concrete), the whole house was built with autoclave processed pine wood and some walls lined with plasterboard.

The construction process was wood frame, which allowed a light building, but with high quality in both thermal and acoustic comfort. A natural drainage system gives the land the possibility to “dialogue” with the water table which, due to the proximity of the beach, is very high. The villa has a green roof and a large tropical garden on the ground. Seen from above, you see a large green spot. Thus, we do not interfere with the natural process of the rainwater cycle.

Details on VisualARQ blog...

Posted on 1 November 2019 | 4:04 am

Grasshopper art

Grasshopper art. Not programming, just art.

More Aaron's art on Instagram...

Posted on 31 October 2019 | 10:16 am

Rhino 6 Intermediate Online Workshop in Spanish

Register for the Rhino 6 Intermediate - Online Training by McNeel Miami (home of the RhinoFabStudio).

Course description:
In this intermediate online class, you will learn the necessary techniques in modeling and how to work the tools in an appropriate way including some advanced tricks to model complex free forms and the rendering of your projects. Details...

This course is for professionals and designers in engineering and architecture, who wish to improve their skills in the use of this software. It is important to take the first level course (Rhino Level 1) or at least have basic knowledge of Rhino.

This course will be taught in Spanish by Julian Oquendo
More class information here.

Cost: $99 USD
Date: November 7, 8, 11 and 12, 2019
Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm (EST)*
*Note: All times listed are Eastern (Miami) time zone. Calculate your time zone. 

Online Course
Ask questions and interact with the class and instructor in our live, online training. All sessions will be recorded and posted for you to study and review. If you cannot make a session, you will be able to catch up at your convenience.

The class will be in Spanish using GoToTraining software.

Space is limited. Register here!
For more information please contact Jackie Nasser or call 305-513-4445.

What is RhinoFabStudio? RhinoFabStudio (fabrication studio) is a small-scale digital workshop, certified by McNeel, with an array of Rhino and Rhino compatible software and computer-controlled tools and training. These tools cover the various leading-edge industrial methods and materials needed to design, analyze, and fabricate almost anything.

Posted on 31 October 2019 | 10:14 am

ControlMAD Master Course in Parametric Design (400 hours) in Madrid - January-April 2020

ControlMAD Master Course in Parametric Design (400 hours)
January-April 2020

A unique study program in the world that introduces you to parametric design and digital manufacturing in product design, architecture, landscape, digital fabrication... through the creation of physical and digital parametric models using as main tools Grasshopper for Rhino and CNC machines (Computer Numerical Control).

Details and registration...

Posted on 31 October 2019 | 4:09 am

Harvard GSD Course in Computational Design

Would you like to learn computational design as it is taught at Harvard GSD?

Jose Luis García del Castillo y López made public his excellent lectures at Harvard GSD. His Introduction to Computational Design course covers high-level concepts of mathematics and geometry as well as C# programming in Grasshopper and RhinoCommon. Check it out...

Posted on 30 October 2019 | 2:33 pm

"Happy Halloween" Modeling in Rhino

Learn to create some spooky and scary Rhino Halloween models with Kyle Houchens in videos from his last Getting Stared with Rhino online training sessions.

Rhinoceros 6 for Windows

Rhinoceros 6 for Mac

Questions: email Kyle Houchens

Posted on 30 October 2019 | 11:48 am

Style guide for Grasshopper

Example of Grasshopper stylesheet

Ryan Hughes
 has outlined a useful method of organizing a Grasshopper script.

Instead of posting a Grasshopper script to explain your project, try Ryan Hughes' method.  

He suggests keeping your code readable, modular, reusable and clean. 

Updated screenshot for the def with the attribution to Geometria Finland and Toni Österlund for the main components of the original definition.

You see more details and discussion at Ryan's LinkedIn page...

Posted on 30 October 2019 | 10:33 am

Dream Flake V2.0 Online Workshop by DesignMorphine

Dream Flake V2.0 is a free webinar for designing 3D printable parametric holiday ornaments. The ornaments will be designed in Grasshopper, mainly using the Pufferfish plug-in. A variety of ornaments will be created concentrating on the possibilities of shape-changing.

The webinar takes place on December 15th and will be approximately 4 hours long. It will be in English, with Q&As and will take place in a Private Facebook group via Facebook Live and video uploads. All videos will remain available, including the live streams. This means you can also enjoy the videos if you are not available at the live stream time.

More information and applications here...

Posted on 30 October 2019 | 9:15 am

BricsCAD now works with Grasshopper

BricsCAD objects can now also be generated using Grasshopper. With BricsCAD BIM V20 and Rhino.Inside have redefined parametric design within a BIM modeling environment.

Posted on 29 October 2019 | 11:06 am

Rhino real-time rendering with Unreal further extended in Mindesk 3.3

Last month real-time rendering was introduced in Mindesk 3.2 for Rhino. 

Today, Mindesk 3.3 has some major updates:

  • Bring Rhino projects in Unreal without going through Datasmith and save hours to days
  • Material coupling is much faster with Mindesk Material Table in Unreal
  • a\Assigned materials to linked Rhino project are automatically saved in Unreal (more info in the tutorial)
  • Four new video tutorials that cover the Rhino/Unreal live link

Posted on 29 October 2019 | 4:20 am

6th annual competition for the best car render by Hum3D

Annual Hum3d Competition for 3D Artists

Car Render Challenge
September 18-December 4

"Sixth annual Hum3D competition for the best Car render. It’s the largest awards event for the car 3d modeling and visualization industry.

Everything is as usual: you have to create a car 3D model, put it into 3D environment and make a beautiful render. There are no limits for your creative ideas: you can choose any automobile you like whether it is racing or imaginary vehicle. We invite all Rhino 3D artists to participate."

Complete details...

Posted on 29 October 2019 | 4:12 am

Tekla Software and Grasshopper webinar

Join Tekla Software's webinar on November 6th covering:
  • The benefits of parametric design and modeling of any type of bridge 
  • The steps to design a bridge with Tekla Structures using the Grasshopper link 
  • Actual experiences and advice from some of their customers 

Posted on 28 October 2019 | 10:38 am